“A bootloader is the first program that runs when a computer starts. It is responsible for loading and transferring control to the Linux kernel. The kernel, in turn, initializes the rest of the operating system.”

- From Arch wiki

The Grub bootloader is installed along with the OS. Now we can configure it to fit our needs.

The file /etc/default/grub store the settings of Grub. To edit:

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

Please remember: Grub bootloader is a very important component of your system, editing it is a dangerous task.

After editing, run below command for the change to be applied.

sudo update-grub

This file /etc/default/grub is rather short and does not have too much space for you to customize, as you can see mine here:





GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor pcie_aspm=force drm.vblankoffdelay=1 i915.semaphores=1"


*The main options you can change in this file are:*

1. The default OS which Grub will always choose to boot first.

All the entries (lines) are indexed. The order will start with 0 for the first entry, 1 for the second and so on..

To specify the default OS change the line below:


This means I am choosing the first OS as default.

2. Hide Grub menu (only if you mainly use one OS on your boot menu)

To hide the Grub menu when boot, uncomment this line:


3. Change time which Grub menu will be waiting you to select entry:

  • GRUB_TIMEOUT=-1 : It will not auto boot but waits for the user to select an entry.
  • GRUB_TIMEOUT=10: this will wait for 10 second, change the number for how long it will wait.

4. Change kernel parameters:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor pcie_aspm=force drm.vblankoffdelay=1 i915.semaphores=1"

In various cases, especially when you are using a Laptop, for some functions can work as expected, you have to specify the kernel parameters by editing the line “GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=…”.

Mine is illustrated above; it is for the LCD display of my desktop that can work well.

Each laptop/ PC might need specific kernel parameters. So please do research it yourself. I show it here because editing kernel parameters is such an important feature.

5. Change Grub background:

This is the most exciting thing with this boring configuration section. Changing the background of the Grub booting menu.

GRUB_BACKGROUND="/home/dat/GrubBackground.png" #Just specific the path where your background image is stored.

If this line is not available, just add it yourself.


With all of these edits, please note that there are no spaces in any lines (except when in double quotes).

And remember to update your Grub with sudo update-grub for the change can take effect.

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